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Mental Health is not a box-ticking exercise

Interview with Kevin Gammie and Leanne Butterworth 2021

Leanne and Kevin discuss mental health and how it is not a box ticking exercise, but instead should be aimed at creating a positive environment where people can thrive. It's not just downloading a mental health policy and leaving it on the shelf or paying lip service to mental health. It's about creating a culture of trust and empathy where every person that interacts with the business feels heard, valued, and visible. This can lead to more positive interactions and better outcomes for the business. To achieve this, leaders should focus on empathy mapping and asking themselves what they want people to feel when they are at work. This will help to create a culture of purpose and values that is healthy for everyone.

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Key Takeaways

  1. Mental health is not just a box ticking exercise, it is about creating a culture of trust and empathy where everyone who interacts with a business feels heard, valued and visible.

  2. Mental health in the workplace involves creating an environment where employees can thrive, not just aim for being mentally healthy.

  3. To create a positive mental health culture in the workplace, leaders should consider what they want people to feel when they are at work and get buy-in from staff on how to achieve that. Empathy mapping can be used as a tool to help identify what actions need to be taken to create a healthy work environment.


Hi! I'm Leanne Butterworth, TEDx Speaker, Empathy Educator, University Lecturer and Mental Health Advocate.

Empathy First is a Brisbane-based social enterprise offering Empathy workshops, online courses and individual Empathy coaching to help you build connection and strengthen your relationships for personal and professional success.

Contact me today and let's talk about how you can put Empathy First.

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